Links We Love, 9/5/2012

Links We Love, 9/5/2012

September 5, 2012

Watering tips, tropical plants in Switzerland, apps to combat food waste, and more in today’s Links We Love!

-It isn’t breaking news that America has a problem with waste, especially when it comes to food. However, the amount of food wasted, sometimes as much as 40% every year, is still shocking. New applications and computer programs are targeting this problem. Some target four-person families with grocery shopping and recipes for the week, and others help locate food charities for truckers driving food waste! [LA Times]

-Due to the drought problem this summer, there have been numerous water bans all across the country. Watering your lawn and garden in the most efficient way possible has become more crucial than ever. Here are three tips from HGTV’s Chris Lambton. [Apartment Therapy]

-With the changing season come many new visitors in your garden, including migrating birds! Birdhouses are a great way to decorate one’s space while also allowing these new visitors a place to stay. The Attic Birdhouse is especially striking, standing at 51 to 72 inches tall! [Gardenista]

-Switzerland is not exactly the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of tropical plants. But thanks to Buehrer Wuest Architekten, now it is possible for bananas and papayas to grow in peace at the Gruningen Botanical Garden. These tropical plants will grow inside a stunning greenhouse made of steal beams and glass. [Architizer]

-You can now keep food fresher longer by simply placing it on top of a sheet of paper! Fenugreen created “FreshPaper," (pictured) an edible organic paper, which slows down the growth of bacteria and fungi. [psfk]